Petition calling for the dropping of charges of aggravated tresspass against Ukuncut members
On March 26th 138 UKuncut activists were charged with aggravated tresspass after staging an entirely peaceful protest in Fortnum & Mason. At the very least this has huge significance for the future of peaceful direct action and at it's worst is political policing. UKuncut has played a prominent role in bringing corporate tax avoidance into mainstream political debate and has embarressed the government as well as the powerful corporations they've targeted. The arrest of UKuncut members is an attempt to associate them with the "violence" that occured and to vilify the group in the minds of the general public, and in so doing destroy the movement. These were, as all UKuncut actions have been, entirely peaceful. Please, please give this campaign your support.
unacceptable. there is no grounds for this.
Tim Street commented
38 degrees has campaigned successfully on Tax Dodgers- it's time for some solidarity with UK Uncut- the original and best enemy of those terminably pesky tax avoiders.
Susannah Compton commented
Peaceful protest is not a crime.
Danny James commented
Ludicrous charges! Let's all stand against this - enough is enough!
Despite the police assuring the public that vandals and violent protestors are being cracked down on, of the 200 or so arrested on Saturday, only 7 were arrested on violent charges. 140 were completely peaceful and creative. This is blatant political policing and a complete breach of the right to protest. Disgusting.
Guy Crawford commented
I support direct action
Eli Foster commented
Tim Hardy commented
This was outrageous. These were blatantly political arrests. The charges should be dropped and I want to see resignations from those responsible for this.
Jesus Johnson commented
Hears to UKuncut and a big hug to all the peaceful chaps and chapesses in F&M. I was there for while but left before the arrests. Just ridiculous, especially considering the scale of non-peaceful actions outside (not that they weren't effective but. . . ) This just proves that the UKuncut methods work! I imagine the success of the this movement to increase rapidly over the next 6 months . . . . Put it this way, there wasn't a UKuncut branch in my (extremely safe tory) town last week. There will be soon. Keep it up peeps and thinking of you all.
Paul donovan commented
charges should be dropped against the people who took part in a peaceful protest!
Dr NoShock commented
As a supporter of ukuncut and having been on the Barclays and Natwest/RBS occupations in central London I find this situation alarming. I was in London and only by pure chance did my group not make it to F&M. All actions I have attended have been peaceful. All video & photo evidence supports assertions it was again.
The police are even seen to praise ukuncuts behaviour as sensible and peaceful. Then they are violently arrested.
The fact that 1 senior officer says they can leave, another questions why they are not bring allowed to leave and the riot clad officer apparently says no Scotland Yard say to arrest/detain suggests to me a political influence.
If this proceeds to charges reaching convictions then peaceful protest is no longer your right in UK. A very sad day for British values are lost.
But hey legal aid is going too. What government have we brought in?
Allie Cannell commented
This is political policing. It is crushing peaceful democratic protest. Stop it now!
Ronan McNern commented
At the same time that 'our' government professess to support pro-'democracy' movements in north Africa, they attack the right to protest here!
I say NO!
police picking on soft easy targets did they have a quota to fill? 15 year old girls ??
Where was the newspaper splash of the police defending Top Shop instead of arresting Sir Philip Green on TAX FRAUD!!!!
The reason ukuncut protesters have been targetted is that they have been effective.
Ben Sellers commented
The UKUncut activists are being targeted politically by this government, I am sure of this. There is one reason and one reason only for this - and that is the tremendous success that they have had over the last year in highlighting tax evasion. We, the massive anti-cuts movement, are behind you and these charges should and will be dropped.
The way the police dealt with us on saturday was terrible! Shame on them!
This mass arrest constitutes a serious infringement right to protest and freedom of speech.